Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime.Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name calling, are a "normal" part of a relationship.It’s also important to address family violence in the home.Children exposed to IPV and child maltreatment are more likely to themselves become involved in IPV throughout adolescence and adulthood as both victims and perpetrators.However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence.
Messages of risk and fear -- "Don't let this happen to you" -- are developmentally inappropriate. Know the red flags, but don't use them in conversations with your teen.
Additionally, during the 12 months before the survey, 1 in 10 teens reported they had been kissed, touched, or physically forced to have sexual intercourse when they did not want to at least once by someone they were dating.
Talk to teens about the importance of developing healthy, respectful relationships.
Due to the nature of this issue, the discussion and content will be geared towards high school students.
Everyday, teens and their families struggle with the repercussions of dating violence: lowered achievement, effects of trauma, and continued cycles of violence.